Is the future of the Mass. Lottery online?
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Massachusetts has the highest per capita spending on the lottery, and the Massachusetts State Lottery raked in almost $1 billion in net profit last year.
And yet, some state officials say there's an imminent threat to the Massachusetts lottery internet gambling. State Treasurer Steve Grossman wants to beat both the federal government and private gambling companies to the punch. He plans to ask the Legislature to change state law so that the Massachusetts lottery can g ...
Jan 10, 2013, 9:18 am - Lottery News forum
Mass. Treasurer pushing for Internet lottery sales
Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman is gearing up to ask state lawmakers for permission to create and test what he hopes will be a first wave of Internet lottery games in Massachusetts.
Grossman said Tuesday that he plans to ask the Legislature to eliminate existing barriers in state law that prevent the lottery from selling tickets and other games online or accepting credit cards as a form of payment.
Grossman said the kinds of lottery items for sale on the Internet could includ ...
Dec 12, 2012, 10:14 am - Lottery News forum
Pa. considers expanding lottery gambling to Web
The administration of Gov. Tom Corbett said Friday that expanding Pennsylvania Lottery gambling to keno and online games will be one of the best ways to produce more revenue from the $3.5 billion lottery system that funds programs for the elderly.
The administration made the statement as part of an update on its talks with companies about privatizing the management of the $3.5 billion lottery system under a 20-year agreement.
Asked about it Friday, Corbett would only say that the ideas are ...
Nov 12, 2012, 1:47 pm - Lottery News forum
Lotteries a threat to federal Web poker bill?
In the battle for online gambling in cyberspace, Nevada casinos and multiple state lotteries could be close to a showdown one that will shape the U.S. gaming industry forever.
The lottery, referred to as the most popular form of gambling in the world by Illinois Lottery Superintendent Michael Jones, just months ago broke ground on the Web. Jones, who was speaking on a panel at G2E held Monday in Las Vegas, has so far seen about 100,000 people in his state use the Internet to buy tickets.
Oct 3, 2012, 10:16 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois to sell Powerball lottery tickets online
Illinois is going to sell Powerball lottery tickets on the Internet, and at least one lawmaker predicts a big payday.
Sen. Jeff Schoenberg says online sales could produce an additional $25 million a year for state government. The Evanston Democrat says the money will pay for public works projects and create jobs around the state.
Illinois became the first state to sell lottery tickets online when it started offering Lotto and Mega Millions tickets in March. A new law adds Powerball to that ...
Aug 30, 2012, 8:44 am - Lottery News forum
Georgia Lottery approves online ticket sales
Georgia Lottery officials approved for the first time Thursday an online ticket system, with sales to the public set to begin as soon as November.
The move is expected to increase the Georgia Lottery's revenue by millions of dollars a year thus helping the state's lottery-funded HOPE Scholarships and pre-kindergarten programs and positions Georgia among the first states nationwide to officially expand lottery sales to the Internet.
While the lottery's governing board voted unanimously for ...
Jul 20, 2012, 8:33 am - Lottery News forum
Illinois Lottery to add Powerball online ticket sales
Powerball would be added to the mix of lottery games that Illinois offers online under legislation that squeaked through the House Monday.
The multi-state Powerball game would join Lotto and Mega Millions, the two games Illinois put online in March when it became the first state in the nation to sell lottery tickets by Internet.
Dismissing opposition, Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, said the measure simply adds a third game online rather than opening the door to widespread gambling that the bill' ...
May 29, 2012, 1:19 pm - Lottery News forum
Court settles estate of Vancouver man who ran lottery ticket reselling firm
Almost four years after his death, the $20 million estate of Vancouver businessman Randy Thiemer has finally been wrapped up in court.
Thiemer started a company named Can Win, which resold Canadian lottery tickets to foreigners.
He got the idea after seeing an ad in a Vancouver newspaper offering Irish Sweepstakes tickets.
It started at his kitchen table and progressed to a $100-million-a-year business, recalled Vito Nardulli, who worked for almost 25 years for Thiemer and was former v ...
May 7, 2012, 7:47 am - Lottery News forum
States up the online ante
The director of the New York State lottery said a few months ago he had cleared hurdles in his quest to sell lottery tickets over the Internet, but now that plan is stalling.
When the U.S. Justice Department in December narrowed its interpretation of the 50-year-old Wire Act, saying it banned only sports betting and not other forms of online gambling, the decision sparked hope in state capitals that lotteries could start selling tickets online and lead a charge into online gambling.
But th ...
Apr 30, 2012, 8:00 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery leaders convene in D.C. to discuss future of games
La Fleur's annual symposium draws hundreds of lottery personnel, vendors
By Todd Northrop
This week leaders from nearly every U.S. and Canadian lottery met in Washington, D.C. at the annual La Fleur's Lottery Symposium to discuss the future of government lotteries, especially with regard to Internet sales and play.
Emboldened by a U.S. Department of Justice opinion issued in Dec. of last year clarifying that the Wire Act only has bearing on sports wagering, state lotteries have immediat ...
Apr 26, 2012, 3:40 pm - Lottery News forum